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The First 100

Tom Williams

A church-goer who was never a hypocrite, the man who founded North Las Vegas believed in the motto live and let live — without government interference.

Ernie Cragin

In making his dreams of Las Vegas come true, an early mayor allowed old bad habits to get in the way of equality among those who called the valley home.

Jim Cashman

A man of firsts — first automobile dealership, first community celebration, first highway to Las Vegas — found humor in almost every situation.

Thomas Hull

A visionary, whose El Rancho gave one of the more famous streets in the world its start, began a trend in hotel-casinos in Las Vegas.

Howard Eells

The man who would build the biggest magnesium plant in the world during World War II took on the big job despite considerable obstacles.

‘Magnesium Maggie’

Female workers flourished during the war years in positions initially thought of as too difficult for women.

Berkeley Bunker

A member of a pioneer Mormon family, who found himself thrust into a national office after a key official died, returned to the city he loved and made himself and his family proud.

Pat McCarran

The Silver State’s champion who served as a Nevada Supreme Court justice found himself on the losing side of many an election until he was able to win a seat in the U.S. Senate.

Eva Adams

Maxwell Kelch

A radio man with a gift for promotion, KENO’s first owner proved to the rest of Las Vegas that publicity is everything.

Benjamin Siegel

The mobster with the movie star looks and the certifiable paranoia brought Las Vegas much more attention after his death than he did during his short life.

Thomas Young

A father of six with a flair for lettering found his niche in the neon-bathed streets of a fledgling gambling town called Las Vegas.

Edmund Converse

A wealthy man who wanted to make his own way in the world brought Southern Nevada into the commuter aviation age by developing its own scheduled airline.

Florence Murphy

A female flier when soaring through the clouds was a man’s domain, she helped put Las Vegas on the aviation map and bring commercial air travel to the valley.

Steve Hannagan

Without ever living in Las Vegas, a publicist left his mark on the town.

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